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    Posted: Jun 30 2014 at 1:16pm
http://www.clutchmagonline.com/2014/06/curly-nikki-natural-hair-white-woman/

CurlyNikki Gets Backlash for Featuring White Woman with Natural Hair

by Clutch — Jun 30, 2014

The natural hair movement transformed the beauty industry. Young natural hair brands enjoyed relative overnight success while older brands scrambled to create natural hair lines. YouTube vlogging became a veritable career where hair gurus can make hundreds of thousands of dollars doing tutorials for their fan base. And the more celebrities, prominent public figures and everyday women go natural, the more the textured style is becoming a fixture in popular culture. But is the progress exclusive to black women with natural hair? Can women of other races be included?

CurlyNikki got people talking by featuring Sarah, a white hair and beauty vlogger on YouTube under the screen name waterlily716. Though Sarah been natural her whole life, she revealed that she didn’t always embrace her curly texture:

Prior to the beginning of high school, my hair was constantly up in a bun or a braid. I was around 14 when I started learning how to style and care for my curly hair. Beyond learning the techniques, I also had to accept my hair for what it was…voluminous, temperamental, and very curly! Learning to wear my curls also helped my adolescent self to gain confidence. When people started complimenting my hair it was unsettling at first because of my introverted and shy nature, but eventually it grew into a source of self-esteem for me.

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There’s something very freeing about accepting your natural hair. I feel like I have a lot of inner confidence, regardless of whether my curls are looking amazing or not so great that day, because I love my natural hair either way. I love the unpredictability of my hair and how unique it makes me feel.

The post drew backlash almost immediately. One commenter abbiethrillsbelieves black women shouldn’t have to make space on our limited number of platforms for people who already have representation:

Why do we need to make spaces for people who already have representation? Always so willing to accommodate and yet always being less accommodated. Making spaces for white women in the limited spaces made for women of colour isn’t going to change anything.

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You’re asking people to give away some of the little representation they have to make spaces for people who already have much of it. It’s ludicrous that you’re suggesting that black people are being “exclusionary” for being upset that someone white is co-opting a journey in a space that is specific to women with Afro-textured hair.

Kairos felt excluding natural-haired white women is racistErmm:

Stop being racist and excluding just like the white man did to our fellow parents and grandparents. Natural hair, this site, is about love and acceptance. Instead of pointing out differences, look at the picture as a whole. Women struggle everyday to fit into society. There should be love and acceptance from not just our people, but from all, that’s where healing starts. This is a place for women with textured hair to share and come together and embrace the beauty in all of us. There’s women of all races who benefit from sites like this, because many don’t have straight hair that we imagine them to have. Just because their hair may be loosely coiled doesn’t mean that it’s automatically easy to take care of. So instead of hating and bringing out your own personal issues just accept her, not just as a woman with curly hair, but as a human being. Hell, Lorraine Massey is white and has helped many women of color learn about their hair with her techniques.

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people really need to understand what racism is
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Growing up in the color-blind era has our generation always wanting to include everyone

Although I think it's positive that White women can, too, embrace their natural curls... I also don't give a fck

It's of no benefit (and probably to my detriment) to care about the self-esteem of other women
I understand the controversy but stuff like this, that starts off with good intentions, tends to lead to widespread cooning
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote ThoughtCouture Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun 30 2014 at 1:23pm
who is this curly nikki people keep referring to?
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didnt she sell the site to white women?
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I don't want "white sisters"nor am I here for "their struggle"
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Originally posted by Alias_Avi Alias_Avi wrote:

stuff like this, that starts off with good intentions, tends to lead to widespread cooning
 
lmaooooooo yep.
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Originally posted by SamoneLenior SamoneLenior wrote:


I don't want "white sisters"nor am I here for "their struggle"

I swear.....White folks like that one bish that just gotta be apart of the conversation......even when no one likes her......
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There's always someone who likes a yt bish... always
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote carolina cutie Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun 30 2014 at 1:28pm
Originally posted by Alias_Avi Alias_Avi wrote:

Growing up in the color-blind era has our generation always wanting to include everyone

Although I think it's positive that White women can, too, embrace their natural curls... I also don't give a fck

Real talk.LOL
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